Day 106 – Stony Brook Shelter
16.3 miles, 50,884 steps, 348 stories climbed
1719.7/478.3 miles/left, 4,496,664 steps, 38,488 stories climbed
The weather was playing games with me today. I woke up to a beautiful day and started packing my stuff. I decided to hike the rock scramble up to Killington peak and of course everything fogged up when I got there so my view wasn’t that great but oh well.
I was on my way, through the muddy trailway. The clouds turned a dark grey and threatened to rain all morning. I came across the split of the Long Trail and the AT.
I can now say I’ve hiked more than a third of the Long Trail but I question the logic of the blaze selection for the trail. Both trails are white blazed so you get to a three-way intersection with white blazes in every direction. Luckily, it is well signed but seems odd to me.
When I came to Kent Pond there was a side trail in to The town of Killington, which is filled with outfitters but I stopped in mainly for the deli and marketplace.
I did recognize the town from my time up here with Maria, which was nice and brought back nice memories again that I mentioned in yesterday’s blog.
After a nice sandwich I took a look through the market/liquor store and came across a 4 pack of small Mondavi Cabernets in plastic bottles! Score!!!
I then head out with a familiar, knowing, ominous feeling. I knew that the rain was gonna start as soon as I got back to the trail…and it did.
It was light at first but I knew exactly what would happen. I quickly enjoyed a look at a waterfall before the steep climb up Quimby Mt.
I knew the rain would come down hard as soon as I started the steep climb…and it did. All I could do was push myself forward. I remembered one of the best pieces of advice I have received yet and that was the day before I started the trail as I was being shuttled to the hostel I stayed the night before I began. The woman driving simply said “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” So, I moved on.
Near the end of the hike I came across a section hiker who was complaining to me about the weather, he told me how the next shelter was just up ahead and I told him not to worry about the weather, it would clear up as soon as I reached the shelter. He smiled and laughed and told me to hurry up and get there.
I reached the shelter about 5 minutes later and moments later the sun was out and the birds were singing.
I got to the shelter and found Cake Boss and Mojo and we talked for a bit. It was good to catch up and it seems I’m also not too far behind both Crane and Silver. It seems like we are all starting to slow down a bit as we get near the end here, or maybe we are just trying to hold off from the mountains looming ahead of us.